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Hornblower in the West Indies [Kindle Edition]

C. S. Forester
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1815, the Napoleonic Wars are over. Yet peace continues to elude Horatio Hornblower overseas; As an admiral struggling to impose order in the chaotic aftermath of the French wars, Horatio Hornblower, Commander-in-chief of His Majesty's ships and vessels in the West Indies, must still face savage pirates, reckless revolutionaries and a violent hurricane. And while his retirement at half-pay might well be in sight, Hornblower will need every ounce of his rapier wit and quick thinking and not to mention his courage and leadership; to ensure that the lasting peace in Europe reaches the turbulent seas of the West Indies. This is the tenth of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

About the Author

C. S. Forester was born in Cairo in 1899, where his father was stationed as a government official. He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital, and after leaving Guy's without a degree he turned to writing as a career. On the outbreak of war he entered the Ministry of Information and later he sailed with the Royal Navy to collect material for The Ship. He made a voyage to the Bering Sea to gather material for a similar book on the United States Navy, and it was during this trip that he was stricken with arteriosclerosis, a disease which left him crippled. However, he continued to write and in the Hornblower novels created the most renowned sailor in contemporary fiction. He died in 1966.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FMQXRM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
One of the great rewards of reading all of the Hornblower novels is that C.S. Forester does quite a nice job of developing Hornblower's character and his personal ethics over the decades covered in the books. While young, Hornblower toes the line and is impeccable about appearances. Gradually, he begins to focus on doing justice instead, even if that means violating the rules. Eventually, he violates his own standards on occasion and learns to live with that. By the time readers arrive at Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies, his personal standards are all that matter to him. In particular, you will enjoy comparing how he handled the duel in Mr. Midshipman Hornblower with the fifth section of this book.
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies is a series of five novellas that cover three chronological years at the end of Hornblower's naval career. His title is now "Rear Admiral Lord Hornblower" and he has quite a small squadron which is mostly engaged in stopping pirates and the recently outlawed slave trade in the West Indies. Each story involves some apparently impossible problem, which Hornblower or someone close to him solves.
The first story involves trying to stop an American ship, while the two nations are at peace, with a smaller, slower vessel. The second story addresses a fast slave ship in neutral waters that Hornblower wants to capture. The third tale touches on Hornblower becoming embroiled in the problems of an escaped pirate crew. The fourth entry looks into trying to remain neutral during the wars of liberation in South America. The final story is an adventure tale involving Lady Barbara and Hornblower and considers the problems of a marine who refuses orders to play his music the way it is written.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
One of the great rewards of reading all of the Hornblower novels is that C.S. Forester does quite a nice job of developing Hornblower's character and his personal ethics over the decades covered in the books. While young, Hornblower toes the line and is impeccable about appearances. Gradually, he begins to focus on doing justice instead, even if that means violating the rules. Eventually, he violates his own standards on occasion and learns to live with that. By the time readers arrive at Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies, his personal standards are all that matter to him. In particular, you will enjoy comparing how he handled the duel in Mr. Midshipman Hornblower with the fifth section of this book.
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies is a series of five novellas that cover three chronological years at the end of Hornblower's naval career. His title is now "Rear Admiral Lord Hornblower" and he has quite a small squadron which is mostly engaged in stopping pirates and the recently outlawed slave trade in the West Indies. Each story involves some apparently impossible problem, which Hornblower or someone close to him solves.
The first story involves trying to stop an American ship, while the two nations are at peace, with a smaller, slower vessel. The second story addresses a fast slave ship in neutral waters that Hornblower wants to capture. The third tale touches on Hornblower becoming embroiled in the problems of an escaped pirate crew. The fourth entry looks into trying to remain neutral during the wars of liberation in South America. The final story is an adventure tale involving Lady Barbara and Hornblower and considers the problems of a marine who refuses orders to play his music the way it is written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Admirable Admiral 1 Sep 2009
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Written in 1957, it is the tenth in order of Hornblower's career - it's now the year 1821 - but the ninth to be written by CS Forester. Instead of the usual twenty or more chapters, instead we have five titled ones.

This review is of the smart new Penguin editions that have Bernard Cornwell writing an introduction. Cornwall adds that, like the very first in the series (Mr Midshipman Hornblower), the tenth volume "strictly ... is not a novel but another collection of short stories." Cornwell meditates momentarily on the source of Forester's characterisation of our hero and concludes "that the greatest part of Hornblower sprang from Forester himself ... There is no other way, I am certain, that such a series of novels could have been written." (This also, of course, says much about Cornwell and the source of Sharpe, his own literary creation.)

In the first of the five stories in this volume, we see Hornblower experiencing such new-fangled concepts as paddle steamers, independent South American nations, proper showers, tinned food, millionaires, and cornets. We also witness in this excellent five-star story Hornblower's apparently one-and-only visit to the United States. Later in this book, we also see Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, even Venezuela.

In the second story, Hornblower's name is seemingly as synonymous - and as feared - as Drake's had been in the Caribbean over two hundred years earlier. Out at sea and chasing ships, "here were the old symptoms, as recognisable as ever, the quickened heartbeat, the feeling of warmth under the skin, the general restlessness. There was something just below the horizon, vague at present, like a hazy landfall ..." Another good story; it's just a shame that the ending is so predictable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absorbing as always
Published 5 months ago by DON EDWARDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes I loved it!
One of the best. I am a huge Hornblower fan and these 5 stories follow on really well from the previous books and further develop Hornblowers' 'life' and character. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sal
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower books
My step-father has enjoyed re-reading this Hornblower classic. Reading this series of books has been a hugh delight for him.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the wreck of the Orovik
`Hornblower in the West Indies' contains five delightful short stories in Forester's customary swashbucking style. Puzzlingly omitted however is `The Wreck of the Orovik'. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gargantua Pantaloon
5.0 out of 5 stars Continued stirring stuff
Getting to the end of the Hornblower saga with only a little loss of excitement.
Well worth continuing to the next and final book.
Published 20 months ago by wallymac
5.0 out of 5 stars Good detail and action
Recommend to all historical sea story lovers as nautical detail and action descriptions are most authentic and gripping - can't put down
Published 21 months ago by gerald richard peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars The concludingstory of the life of Horatio Hornblower
There are five short stories of Hornblower's life as an Admiral in charge of naval affairs in the West indies. Read more
Published 21 months ago by eric kelk
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Superb stories, action, adventure,cunning, intrigue and a real love story. Whilst Forrester writes less violence than Cornwell, his understanding of humanity is superior
Published 22 months ago by MR A JAMES SIGGS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this for my grandpa as this was the book missing out his collection. I couldn't tell you what it's about but I can say that he loved it and adores the story!
Published 22 months ago by J
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present.
Don't know if my son in law has read it yet, so can't comment on whether it's good or not.
Published 22 months ago by Mrs. C. M
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